Angelina Jolie To Sell Winston Churchill Painting Owned By Her And Brad Pitt

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Next month, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will auction a painting by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which he gave to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt shortly after the two planned overturns of Nazi Germany, Christie’s auction house announced on Monday.

A view of the Churchill Mosque painted for Roosevelt.

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Key factors

Churchill’s tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, a painting of Marrakech’s largest mosque, will be auctioned off in black on March 1 as part of a larger Christie’s sale dedicated to modern British artists.

Christie’s estimates suggest the painting could sell for as much as $ 3.4 million, which would set a record price for Churchill’s artwork.

The tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is particularly noteworthy as it is the only work of art Churchill created during World War II, according to the auction house.

The day after the 1943 Casablanca Conference, where the Allies met and planned how to defeat Nazi Germany, Churchill invited Roosevelt to travel with him to Marrakech to show the president the city’s sunset.

Roosevelt was so impressed by the landscape Churchill had painted for him as a reminder of their trip and perhaps as a sign of the “special relationship” between their two countries, according to Christie’s.

The painting has been in different hands since Roosevelt’s son sold the tower of the Koutoubia Mosque after the president’s death and was bought by Jolie and her ex-husband and fellow actor Brad Pitt in 2001.

Key background

The tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is part of the Jolie art collection, collected with Pitt, which includes pieces by Banksy, Dom Pattinson and Neo Raunch and is valued at an estimated $ 25 million. The two are reportedly still working on dividing up their wealth after their 2019 divorce.

Surprising fact

In addition to a painting of the late Prime Minister, Jolie also owns two Churchill-inspired tattoos.

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